Name, age and address: Buck Davis, 58, 104 Smokemont Drive.
Education: Troup High School graduate; two and a half years at Troup Tech (currently West Georgia Technical College).
Family: Married for 35 years to Deboraha Davis; four children who all live in Troup County and three grandchildren.
Relevant experience: Eighteen years’ experience as a business man.
Why are your running?
I am running for re-election to the Troup County Board of Commissioners, District 2, to continue providing efficient and low-cost services to Troup County residents. Throughout my 16 years on this board I have worked to keep down costs of operating county government and will continue to do so. I truly enjoy serving the people of Troup County.
What are the biggest issues in the county right now?
The biggest issue we face in county government right now is trying to provide the same service with fewer dollars. It’s that simple. Like the rest of the nation, we are in tough economic times with less money in our budget, but we have to keep chugging on until we all pull out of it. More than ever, we need efficiency in government to provide the necessary services our residents depend on in their daily lives, like safe roads and fire protection. The other big issue involves getting our people back to work. We need more businesses moving into Troup County to provide jobs to get us back on track toward positive growth in our community.
What can you do to address these issues?
I will continue to work closely with various departments of our county government to search for cost-saving solutions. When first elected to the board of commissioners, I was concerned that our road department didn’t have dependable equipment. Today, we have an efficient road department that’s second to none in the state. By upgrading equipment and participating in various savings plans, we’ve been able to save taxpayers over $200,000 in the past three years. I will continue to work closely with the road department, which is now working hard to address some of the dangerous intersections in our communities.
I want to continue to work and be there for the people of Troup county. I will continue to keep an eye out for their needs so we can continue to serve them, like by providing Code Red, the alert system that lets senior citizens know when bad weather is moving in, or by adding new fire stations to provide quicker response to under-protected communities. I will continue to serve with a positive attitude.